PACEY Cymru has published its consultation response to the Welsh Government's proposed extension of the Childcare Regulation Framework.
Currently childcare providers are only required to register if they care for children under the age of 8. The proposed changes to the Childcare Regulation Framework would require providers to register if caring for children under the age of 16 (or 17 if disabled).
Claire Protheroe, PACEY's Direct Services Manager for Wales, said:
"Our engagement with childcare providers during the consultation process has shown that the large majority are in favour of extending the upper age limit, as it is felt it is in the best interest of the child, however the age at which this should be extended to was a key discussion point.
The common consensus appears to be to regulate care for children prior to secondary school age, or under the age of 12. Changing to this age would alleviate many issues in relation to policy, practice and qualifications that would arise from the upper age limit being 16/17.
"We look forward to the results of the consultation with great interest, and if required, will willingly continue to assist the Welsh Government in reaching its decision on this important piece of legislation."
PACEY Cymru's full consultation response can be found here